Thanks Peter. Your instruction is excellent, as it has always been. I still remember your poorly drawn comics illustrating small pairs as bombs that only explode 1 in 9 times.
Question: why are we mixed 3betting against a STRONG reg at 37:15? We DO have fold equity, as a strong reg will be folding a decent amount when 3B. Also, a strong reg will have a scary 4-bet range that can blow us off a lot of our equity in the middle of our range that we are 3betting half the time. Example, we have KJo/QTs/78s/A9s and we 3b but we face a solid, balanced, polarized 4bet range. Now we have to fold our equity with these beautiful hands! Wouldn't a polarized range be best in this spot?
Sept. 20, 2018 | 12:22 a.m.
My wife and I live off my poker income, which is 100% from live 2/5 NL games at my hometown casino. I've made a decent profit since I went fulltime last year, but I'm currently battling my way out of a 4 month breakeven stretch. If I can't turn things around, I'll have to work at McDonald's or something. Bankroll: approximately $20,000.
Online, I'm down to a $100 bankroll. I desperately need to improve my poker skills and track my own play, which are impossible with the constraints and small sample sizes of live, full-ring games. My goal is to grind the 100 up to 10,000 in microstakes 6-max and obsessively work on my NL skills. This should hopefully translate over to my 2/5 winrate and help me support my family.
Yes, I'm motivated!! LFG!
Sept. 19, 2018 | 10:21 p.m.
Live poker is usually full-ring and there is a LOT of down time between hands we play. After I have folded, I practice counting the pot, calculating pot odds and checking stack sizes.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 1:48 a.m.
Speaking about preflop only, I agree with the limp-behind comment. 8Ts plays best with a very high SPR, which we don't have when we make a large raise to iso. A better hand for isolating would be broadway cards that can make top pair and be very happy to then get it in.
As played, we have enough equity to get all the money in on the flop, as the SPR is so low and we are up against a wide range.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 1:44 a.m.
I open AQss in MP to 25 over an EP limper, my normal sizing.
BU flats, a guy I know and am friendly with, but unfortunately I don't know his exact game or ranges. He is around 30, studies and tries to play well, watches training videos. He is not a crusher and does not derive a living from playing, but he is likely a long-term winner with his fundamentally sound strategies (relative to the average live donk). He knows I am a livepro and respects my game, but knows I am capable of taking funky lines.
After rake and EP limper folds, there is
55 in pot and 410 in effective stack (I cover villain by a bit)
we have NFD with AQss
I cbet 30 as I would most of my range on this favorable flop, BU flats,
135 in pot,
turn is offsuit 9
board K359xssz, I still have NFD with AQss
I barrel 85 setting up a roughly potsize river shove, but BU shoves turn over my barrel
I need to call about 300 to win about 900, so I need 33.3% equity. I mentally give villain sets and TP, with a few FD and I don't think I have enough equity against that range, or even close. As I hold As, villain cannot have that many FD himself. I fold.
This is not the most exciting hand ever, but I want to make sure I am I playing these spots correctly. Am I?